All planning applications should be dealt with by the Planning
Committee however, the Planning Committee agree to a
'Planning Scheme of Delegation' so that certain
types of application can be determined by the Planning Officers
alone. The full details of the current 'Planning Scheme of
Delegation' can be found in the link below:
The Planning Committee is held every month, usually on a Monday
(except on Bank Holidays) at Borough Hall. If there are
applications on the agenda that interest a lot of people the
Planning Committee may be moved to a larger venue. So interested
parties can attend the Planning Committee it is held in the
evenings at 6.30pm. To view the upcoming committee agenda
or review past agendas and minutes please click on the link
For further information relating to the Planning Committee
please contact Planning Support on 01234 718068.
Right To Speak
A summary of the 'Right To Speak' rules are set out below.
Full details of 'Right to Speak' can be found here.
1) Most applications are not decided by the Planning Commitee
(please see the Planning Scheme of Delegation above for more
information) therefore you should enquire whether an application
will be heard by the Committee. The Case Officer will
not normally contact you to tell you.
2) Contact Committee Services (Margaret Clarke)
on 01234 228799 by the end of the working day (until
5pm Monday to Thursday and 4.45pm on Friday) before the
date of the committee meeting to book your place, e.g. if the
meeting is on the Monday you must ring on the Friday before.
3) If an application is to be decided by Committee (and you have
already commented on it in writing) you will be told when it
is due to be heard and given the opportunity to register
to speak to the Committee if you wish. If you have not
commented in writing, it will be your responsibility to enquire as
to whether an application will be heard by the Committee.
4) All parties wishing to speak about an application must do so
within a single 5 minute period. The time period may be extended
for certain planning applications if the Chair of the
Committee thinks this is appropriate. Supporters and / or
applicants will have the same length of time to speak
to the Committee.
5) Those people speaking will not be permitted to hand
out additional written documents. Photographs, plans or
illustrations may not be displayed or circulated at the
6) Members of the Committee may question the speaker.
7) You should remember, when deciding whether or not to ask to
speak at the meeting, that the officer's report and recommendation
can change on the night of the meeting. It is also possible that a
Member of the Council will speak on behalf of one of the parties.
In such a case you might wish afterwards that you had spoken
yourself to put forward your views.
If you require details of the planning application
being heard at Committee (including the name of the case
officer) please contact Planning Support 01234